Redistributing Care Work in Jordan: Enacting Policy Reforms
This brief highlights key findings from a small-scale time-use survey conducted by ARDD in April 2021 that address how women in Jordan perform care work, how they feel about it, and their perspectives and recommendations on how the burden of care work can be redistributed through social protection mechanisms and other policies.
The main recommendations suggested:
- Offer cash transfers or subsidies to caregivers who have dependents to offset some of the burden associated with caring for them.
- Provide publicly subsidized ECCE services (such as childcare) for children dependents, and nursing services for dependents with disabilities, dependents with severe chronic illnesses, and elderly dependents
- Reform the current leave policies to include “equal, fully paid, non-transferable parental leave for all parents
- Include systematic measurements of women’s unpaid care work (direct and indirect) into national statistics and quantify their work in terms of contributions to the gross domestic product (GDP).
This brief comes as part of a series of Women Advocacy Issues policy briefs ARDD is producing within the framework of the project “Strengthening the Capacities of Women-led CSOs in Evidence Based Advocacy and Women, Peace, and Security (WPS) Agenda” supported by UN Women with the generous funding of the governments of Canada, Finland, Norway, Spain, and the United Kingdom.